Monday, February 8, 2010

Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places

I always chuckle when I hear stories in the news about people finding images of Jesus in unusual places. A grilled cheese sandwich, the tailgate of a pickup truck and in a grease spot on someone’s garage floor are just some of the places where Jesus has reportedly been spotted. Jesus’ mother, Mary, has also been known to make appearances in odd places and recently a couple from Pennsylvania cut open an eggplant and found inside the word “God” written in seeds.

Oh, how I love Jesus. And I can understand why people are desperately looking for a personal encounter with Him. But would Jesus really use everything from vehicles to vegetables to show himself to us? So, where can we find Him? According to Jesus, we don’t have to look far. Here are his words:

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'... 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

We’ll definitely find Jesus in the broken and needy. We can have an even closer encounter with Him when we invite Him to live inside of us. Listen to this verse from Galatians:

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

So, put down the eggplant and go ahead and eat that grilled cheese sandwich. Jesus isn’t there. He’s much easier to find, especially for those of us who have accepted his gift of forgiveness and everlasting life. So, look for him today, throughout your day. But, don’t rely on your physical eyes he’s much more easily seen with the eyes of your heart.

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